Note: Scroll down for The Best Weisswurst Hash Recipe.
Growing up in Russia my parents taught me to appreciate German-made things. Whether it’s German cars, food, or clothing, it seems like everything is always meticulously crafted to adhere to the highest standards of quality. I also learned to love craft beer and Bavarian cuisine, so whenever I traveled to Munich [the home of Oktoberfest!] I would always visit the famous Hofbräuhaus tavern to eat my favorite Weisswurst sausage at those long wooden communal tables where you can toast with the locals [who still wear traditional Bavarian outfits for social outings] and dance to live music.
When I moved from Russia to the US I found it increasingly hard to find authentic Bavarian products at local stores. I guess I had this pre-conception that America is such a huge country, that you can find anything in every store, but sounds like it’s only the case for those lucky enough to live in big cities. I live in a small town, but we have Meijer, Walmart, Martin’s, Target, and loads of other fairly big grocery centers within 10 minute distance, and yet none of them seemed to have what I need. Greek cuisine? Lots of it! Italian imports? Even more common. I also had no trouble finding authentic Asian and Middle Eastern goods in most of the stores, but no luck with Bavarian food.
A few months ago my husband suggested we check out a local Aldi store. I didn’t even know we had one in our area, but the fact that they’re German-owned gave me a sliver of hope. For those who don’t know what makes Aldi different, you basically have to bag your own items, pay a quarter to use the cart, and bring your own reusable bags [you can also buy some at the checkout for 10 cents each]. The store also doesn’t accept manufacturer’s coupons. In return, the customers get to enjoy rock bottom prices that can be 30-40% lower than everywhere else. Yes, even lower than Walmart! Hubs and I ran an experiment and after shopping at Aldi for 2 months our grocery bill decreased by roughly 30%, and we weren’t deliberately trying to skimp on food to rig the results. The only downside is that our local Aldi is very small, and they don’t have a lot of variety, so everything I couldn’t get there I would buy at Meijer instead.
One day while strolling through the meat aisle looking for some brats to grill I saw them. An 4-pack of weisswurst sausages in vacuum sealed packaging with a Bavarian flag print was winking at me from the shelf, and I immediately put it in my cart. When I got home I wanted to cook them immediately, but I didn’t have a good beer to go with them, nor did I have quality sauerkraut. However, I recently tried this recipe which turned out to be super yummy, so I changed it up a bit to adapt it for weisswursts and that’s how The Best Weisswurst Hash Recipe was born. You guys, it’s absolutely delicious, and highlights all of the flavors in this unique Bavarian sausage! P.S.: Even Luna couldn’t wait to try the sausage, because it smelled absolutely heavenly 😉
Tip: The secret to making this hash extra scrumptious is to cook the potatoes separately on medium heat for 15-20 minutes so they get browned and slightly crispy on the outside, while still keeping that comforting starchy center.
Alright, without further ado, here’s the recipe!
- 1 lb Bavarian Weisswurst, cut into ¼ inch slices
- 5 small young potatoes, cubed
- 1 medium red onion, peeled and cut into square slices
- 1 large green pepper, seeded and cut into square slices
- 2 tbs avocado oil, divided
- salt, pepper to taste
- Cook the potatoes in a hot skillet over medium heat with 1 tbsp avocado oil for 15-20 minutes, turning 3-4 times.
- While the potatoes are cooking, brown up the weisswurst slices in another skillet over medium heat for 10 minutes, turning from time to time.
- Remove the weisswurst from the skillet to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
- Without cleaning the weisswurst skillet, add the remaining 1 tbsp avocado oil and the vegetables, and cook 5 minutes on medium-high until the onion is soft and pepper edges are slightly browned.
- Add weisswurst and potatoes to the skillet with the vegetables, toss together for 1 minute. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve hot.
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